Top tubing spots in Colorado to visit this summer

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By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) With the first day of summer being just over six weeks away, the time to plan outdoor activities has come.

What better way to beat the heat this summer than rafting or tubing down some of Colorado's most beautiful rivers! Whether you're a first-time rafter or tuber or you're looking to hit some whitewater rapids, there is no scarcity of tubing and rafting experiences for you, friends and family to take part in this summer season.

Whitewater Tubing and Recreation - Boulder Creek

Opening May 15, stop by whitewater tubing and recreation to utilize a variety of watersports equipment from tubes and rafts to kayaks and canoes. Boulder Creek flows directly through the city of Boulder, and offers opportunities for tubing, kayaking and fly fishing.

The water at Boulder Creek is typically cold during May and June, and the creek is typically floatable from April through August. There is a bike path that runs alongside the creek the entire way in addition to multiple cross streets that can be parked on.

Echo Canyon River Expeditions - Arkansas River

If adventure is what you seek when rafting, look no further than Echo Canyon River Expeditions. All levels of rafting experience are welcome, as guides help navigate along the Arkansas River through many bends and rapids.

Echo Canyon River Expeditions also offer calm family floats in addition to their extreme white water rafting.

Downstream Adventures Rafting - Empire

Visit Downstream Adventures in Idaho Springs near Denver to experience rafting trips led by experts along Clear Creek. There is a multitude of rafting trips available, including a beginner level third day trip at Middle Clear Creek, an intermediate level trip at Upper Clear Creek, an advanced level half-day trip at Lower Canyon and an advanced full-day full river trip.

There are also discounts on rafting trips offered for groups of 10 or more, as Downstream will adhere to any special requirements or accommodations needed.

Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting - Idaho Springs

Located just 30 minutes outside of Denver in Idaho Springs, whitewater rafting is a great way to explore the beauty of Colorado's natural landscapes. Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting features guides that are First Aid and CPR certified, with each guide having no less than 2 years of rafting experience.

Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a swimsuit.

Liquid Descent Rafting - Idaho Springs

From a variety of rafting trips along both Clear Creek and the Colorado River, Liquid Descent Rafting offers beginner, intermediate and advanced trips. They have a list of friendly guides that will work as trained river runners but will make you feel like you've known them your whole life.

The half-day trips at Clear Creek run about three hours and cost $65, while the full-day trip at Clear Creek runs five hours and costs $120. They even have beginner 1/3 days that are roughly 150 minutes for first-timers or children under age 12.

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